Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


WMQ & EMSI Workshop—Early American Biographies

Program: May 25, 2012

9:00–9:30
Coffee
9:30–10:00
Welcome and Introduction

Welcome: Peter C. Mancall, Early Modern Studies Institute, and Christopher Grasso, William and Mary Quarterly

Convener’s Introduction: Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard Law School

10:00–11:00
Session 1 • Opening Presention

Chair: Christopher Grasso, William and Mary Quarterly

Steven W. Hackel, University of California, Riverside
The Many Worlds of Father Junípero Serra, California’s Founding Father

Peter C. Mancall, Early Modern Studies Institute • Respondent

11:00–12:00 P.M.
Session 2

Chair: Christopher Grasso, William and Mary Quarterly

Rachel Hope Cleves, University of Victoria, British Columbia
“Miss Bryant was the Man”: A Female Husband in Early America

James Sidbury, Rice University, and James H. Sweet,
University of Wisconsin, Madison • Respondents

12:00–1:00
Session 3

Chair: Karin Wulf, William and Mary Quarterly

Gregory Nobles, Georgia Tech
Audubon’s Origins: A Sketchy Self-Portrait in Black and White

Catherine O’Donnell, Arizona State University • Respondent

1:00–2:30
Lunch
2:30–3:30
Session 4

Chair: Karin Wulf, William and Mary Quarterly

Martha S. Jones, University of Michigan
Popote: A Life History of Slavery, Law, and the Haitian Diaspora

Michael Oberg, State University of New York, Geneseo • Respondent

3:30–4:00
Coffee
4:00–5:00
Session 5

Chair: Karin Wulf, William and Mary Quarterly

Joshua Piker, University of Oklahoma
“Called by us the Acorn Whistler”: Biography, Microhistory, and the Ragged Edge of the Historical Record

Jenny Hale Pulsipher, Brigham Young University • Respondent

Program: May 26, 2012

9:00–9:30
Coffee
9:30–10:30
Session 6

Chair: Peter C. Mancall, Early Modern Studies Institute

James Sidbury, Rice University, and James H. Sweet, University of Wisconsin, Madison
African Lives, Atlantic Biography: The Individual, the Group, and Non-Western Subjectivities

Martha S. Jones, University of Michigan • Respondent

10:30–11:30
Session 7

Chair:  Peter C. Mancall, Early Modern Studies Institute

Jenny Hale Pulsipher, Brigham Young University
A Seventeenth-Century Indian in King Charles’s Court: The Atlantic Worlds of John Wompas

Gregory Nobles, Georgia Tech • Respondent

11:30–12:00
Coffee
12:00–1:00 P.M.
Session 8

Chair: Peter C. Mancall, Early Modern Studies Institute

Catherine O’Donnell, Arizona State University
A Saint, I Tell You: Elizabeth Seton’s Oft-Told, Untold Life

Rachel Hope Cleves, Northern Illinois University • Respondent

1:00–2:30
Lunch
2:30–3:30
Session 9

Chair: Christopher Grasso, William and Mary Quarterly

Michael Oberg, State University of New York, Geneseo
Eleazer Williams and the War of 1812

Joshua Piker, University of Oklahoma • Respondent

3:30–4:30
Final Discussion

Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard Law School

The WMQ-EMSI Workshops are sponsored by the University of Southern California-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (with financial support from the Salvatori Forum at USC and the Mellon Foundation) and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and are hosted by the Huntington Library and the University of Southern California.